Elder Links & Abuse Notification
The purpose of the Elder-Links Project is to provide a
safety net for elders who are in need of non emergency
services that Fire-Rescue does not provide (examples: in
home health care, in home food services, in home house
keeping, transportation for doctor visits, etc).
A service gap arises when Fire-Rescue representatives
detect needed services, which they themselves cannot
provide to the elders. Under the Elder-Links Project,
emergency service providers would have an avenue to
refer elders to an appropriate community-based service
agency within the aging network.
The primary objective in providing these services is to
team the elder in need with a service agency to maximize
the elder’s independence, which allows them to remain in
the community and in their own homes. Special
consideration is given to frail older persons and those
in greatest social and economic needs.
It is the intent of the Protective Service Act, Florida
State Statute Chapter 415, to provide for the detection
and correction of abuse, neglect and exploitation
through social services and criminal investigations, and
to establish a program of protective services for all
children, aged persons and disabled adults in need of
these services. Chapter 415 requires reporting of
suspicions of abuse, neglect or exploitation by all
community professionals. Under this Act emergency
service providers refer suspected victims to the Florida
The Florida Abuse Hotline, under the direction of
Chapter 415, was developed to protect children, disabled
adults and aged persons from abuse, neglect, threatened
harm and exploitation by providing necessary services
and/or conducting investigations.